Press Release

February 3, 2021

The Henry Ford Virtually Hosts THF Conversations with National Education Consultant and Author Zaretta Hammond Feb. 17 at 5:30 pm

(Dearborn, Mich. – Feb. 3, 2021) – The Henry Ford is proud to announce today that the institution will host Zaretta Hammond, national education consultant and author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain:  Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students on Feb. 17 at 5:30 pm as part of its virtual THF Conversations Series. In the coming months, The Henry Ford is launching inHub — a global resource and community for activating an innovative mindset. In anticipation of inHub's launch, The Henry Ford is proud to present THF Conversations for Educators, which brings together educators and experts to discuss the latest trends and research in educational instruction.

A former high school and community college expository writing instructor, Zaretta Hammond is a self- described “former writing teacher turned equity freedom fighter.” Her passion about the intersectionality of equity and culturally responsive teaching led her to write the book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, which has been utilized in many education programs for pre-service teachers. In the book, she examines how an individual’s culture can influence one’s ability to “process data and affects learning relationships,” and provides ten key moves to build students’ learner operating systems and prepare them to become independent learners.  Using cutting edge neuroscience research, Hammond offers an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain compatible culturally responsive instruction.

Hammond has also published articles in Educational Leadership, The Learning Professional and Phi Delta Kappan. She has consulted widely with school districts, regional educational service agencies, and coaching organizations across the country on ways to support students to accelerate their own learning through the responsive, social, emotional and academic development.

During the discussion, Hammond will provide insight and information from her book and share her passion on how this form of teaching can help educators close opportunity and learning gaps for under-served students. The webinar is open to all. To register for the event, visit

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About The Henry Ford
Located in Dearborn, Michigan, The Henry Ford, a globally recognized destination, fosters inspiration and learning from hands-on encounters with artifacts that represent the most comprehensive collection anywhere focusing on innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness in America. Its unique venues include Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center and Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school. Together with its online presence at, its national television series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and Invention Convention Worldwide, the growing affiliation of organizations fostering innovation, invention and entrepreneurship in K-12 students, The Henry Ford inspires individuals to unlock their potential and help shape a better future.

For More Information:
Melissa Foster, The Henry Ford, 313-982-6126